The need to “produce” and always do something
The terror of boredom and the need to run, to always, necessarily do something.
All this running, all this haste, confuses us, we no longer find the right path … we have lost the sense of where to go and “why” we go there.
From an early age they taught us to compete rather than collaborate, at school they encouraged you to become the first in the class , to run faster than the others to be successful; then you grow up and at work the music does not change, the more you can do everything quickly, the more chance you have of being better than the others. We live in an era where competition is the master, we must be competitive, we must move quickly otherwise someone else will do it before us .
This is the disease of time where everyone runs and nobody slows down!
The disease of time
The so-called “disease of time” is an expression coined by the American doctor and scholar Larry Dossey to indicate the obsessive belief, rooted in the human being since the industrial revolution onwards, that time gets out of hand, that there is none enough , and that everything must be done in a hurry in order not to fall behind with the “programs” imposed by this consumer society . Everyone runs, nobody slows down, but why are we all in a hurry?
We seem to be followers of the cult of speed, when probably, to enjoy the beauty and uniqueness of life to the fullest, it would be desirable to slow down and look around a bit, and stop fighting against the clock . Perhaps the time has come to question the mania of doing everything faster, of “going to the maximum”; in fact, it is probable that to reach the top of human and spiritual evolution, one must not be the fastest, but the strongest .
Strong inside, strong mentally and spiritually, subverting the inner psychology of the speed with which we have been indoctrinated.
Aesop’s tale of the hare and the turtle, should be taken as an example by all of us: the winner is not who runs faster than the others, but who in life starts in time and follows his natural, constant pace.
But the question is not only in terms of victory, because there is an even deeper and more painful question to analyze: all this running, all this haste, it confuses us, we no longer find the right way, we have lost the sense of where to go and the “why” we go. Let’s just run, because this is what we have been taught and what we have been told to do.
We have to slow down
We must slow down before the disease of time leads us to mutual destruction. But be careful, because slowing down does not mean becoming “boring”, indeed, if we really have to say it all, boredom is a word that did not exist until a couple of centuries ago. Boredom is part of modern culture , of anyone who is looking for something to do at all costs, because he has been taught that he must always go to the maximum and if all of a sudden he has nothing to do he panics, and he must find absolutely something to “kill time”!
Anything or person who hinders us, slows us down, and prevents us from getting what we want, becomes our enemy.
Slowing down means adapting your lifestyle to the rhythms of nature, being sensitive to the seasons, sunsets, animals.
Slowing down means regaining awareness of distances, developing knowledge of the products and the environment in which we live. Slowing down means remembering how to anticipate events and how to savor them when they arrive . Slowing down is a conscious choice, a choice that requires courage, but also a choice that can enrich our life, make it more genuine and lead us towards more authentic happiness.
To heal from the disease of time you must detoxify from speed and rebel against the tyranny of the clock and the frenetic rhythms that fill every minute of our day out of all proportion.
Let’s go back to cultivating a dream, a project, a passion, rediscovering the pleasure of playing with the family, trips out of town, cooking using seasonal and local ingredients, waking up without looking at the clock, making love without thinking about tomorrow. If we want to start living in a more human world, then we must be the first to become more human … slowing down.